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I feel the opening track and lead single of the album "Poison" is by far the best song here although it's also the most popular. It's just a great big catchy ballad, it helped introduce Alice to a new generation and to this day it's always a live staple in concerts. "Bed of Nails" is in the vein of "Poison" in that it's a slower songs, almost a ballad that rocks a little more than Poison . A highlight of the album. "Spark In The Dark" is catchy and features a riff straight out of Bon Jovi, it's a darker song overall and while it's not the best song here and its subjected to criticism I quite like it. "House of Fire" is a bit more Alice-like and what you would expect from him but is still aimed at being a radio song as most songs from Trash are. "It's Only My Heart Talking" is another ballad, Steven Tyler participates on this one and his presence helps the song and for the time this was a good ballad. I feel those are the best moments here.Read more ›
Alice teamed up with Desmond Child, champion of many Bon Jovi and Aerosmith discs, as well as Mr. Jovi and Mr. Tyler themselves, among others. The result is what I consider to be a weak disc, dated to the times, with only a few strong songs that have held up over the years. Granted, this is not as weak as DaDa, but it is certainly a nadir.
The first track and first single, "Poison", is by far the best song. It is strong because it is based on the riff, and though it is commercial it is not blatantly so. It has a unique sound to it. It's mostly downhill from there. "Spark In The Dark" is unremarkable, and so is the second single "House of Fire". "House of Fire" at least has a catchy chorus, but it is simply too cookie-cutter. You could exchange it with virtually any single from any band's albums in 1989.
"It's Only Heart Talking", which was not written by Alice, is a decent ballad made more remarkable by Steven Tyler's duet. Otherwise, it is forgettable and inferior to later Alice ballads such as "Might As Well Be On Mars" and "Stolen Prayer". Smash hit, though.
The lyrics to "Trash", a duet with JBJ himself and featuring Sambora on guitar, are so bad it's not even funny. "If my love was a lollypop, would you lick it?" Did Jon Bon just say that?Read more ›
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Very happy with this CD. I got a greatest hits awhile back from this artist, but the thing is the greatest hits ones never seem to have the song poison on them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Leslie M. Sorensen
this album is awesome! its the best album besides the albums with the band! i like his hit, poison. who doesnt like it? its a good album. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
This is absolutely Alice Coopers best album and I'm sure it's the best one from 1989 (can't remember any better from that year). Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Peter Andersson
I dont care what the old school die hard fans of Alice say about this metal era of songs. This album is a great album. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Micheal Hunt
This is one of my favorite albums although I am not a big fan of Alice. It's got some great songs like "Posion" and "Hell Is Living Without You". Read morePublished on March 8 2004
This is a great Alice Cooper album. Poison is a classic. Also, not only does it have great rock 'n' roll hits like the title track, Bed Of Nails, House Of Fire, and Spark In The... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Paul Zagaruyka